Corbett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Normandy emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Corbett family. Originally, the Norman people were known only by a single name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Corbett is a nickname type of surname for a person with dark hair. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Corbett was originally derived from the Old French word "corbeau," which means "raven."

Early Origins of the Corbett family

The surname Corbett was first found in Shropshire, where they claim descendancy from Roger, son of Corbet as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Roger le Corbet (or Fitz Corbet) was granted several manors by William the Conqueror as the Barony of Caus for his role in the Conquest. "The first Corbet came from Shropshire and settled in Teviotdale under Earl David in the first quarter of the twelfth century. He is said to have obtained the manor of Foghou which he held as a vassal under the earls of Dunbar (Chalmers, I, p. 499). Robert Corbet was a witness to the Inquisitio of Earl David c. 1124, and to a charter by the earl to Selkirk Abbey (Kelso, 4). His son, Walter, acquired the manor of Malcarvestun and other lands in Teviotdale and made grants to the Abbey of Kelso, and gifted the church of Malcaruiston to the same abbey." [1]

"Corbet, a noble Norman, came into England with the Conqueror, and from his son Roger Corbet descended the baronial house, as well as the families of the name now existing." [2]

Another source notes "a Norman family too well known to need any detail. Hence the Barons Corbet of Caux, and the Baronets Corbet." [3]

Early History of the Corbett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corbett research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1241, 1296, 1580, 1637, 1624, 1600, 1582, 1635, 1594, 1662, 1646, 1648, 1595, 1662, 1617, 1657, 1640, 1640, 1683, 1677, 1683, 1658, 1675, 1748, 1705, 1711 and are included under the topic Early Corbett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corbett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corbett, Corbet, Corbetts, Corbit, Corbitt, Corbitts and many more.

Early Notables of the Corbett family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir Robert Corbett of Selkirk Abbey; Sir Andrew Corbet (1580-1637), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Shropshire (1624-25), matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford (1600); Richard Corbet (1582-1635) poet and prelate; Sir John Corbet, 1st Baronet of Stoke upon Tern (1594-1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1646 and 1648; Miles Corbet (1595-1662), an English politician, recorder of Yarmouth, convicted for Regicide of King...
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corbett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Corbett family to Ireland

Some of the Corbett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Corbett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corbett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Corbett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Robert Corbett who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Henry Corbett, who arrived in Maryland in 1656 [4]
  • Mary Corbett, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [4]
  • John Corbett, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Corbett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Corbett, aged 20, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1774 [4]
Corbett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pierce Corbett, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [4]
  • Samuel Corbett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • Winslow Corbett, aged 24, who landed in America in 1821 [4]
  • M Corbett, aged 20, who arrived in America in 1822 [4]
  • Timothy Corbett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1845 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Corbett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corbett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Corbett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Hanah Corbett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Corbett, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Corbett U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783, passenger number 289 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [5]
Corbett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thady Corbett, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • John Corbett, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Denis Corbett, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Corbett, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mr. James Corbett, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship " Yorkshire Lass" departing from the port of Killala, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Corbett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Corbett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Corbett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851 [7]
  • Miss Margaret Corbett, (b. 1833), aged 18, Irish nursery maid who was convicted in County Clare, Ireland for 15 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Matthew Corbett, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [9]
  • Fanny Corbett, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [10]
  • Matthew Corbett, aged 43, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [11]
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New Zealand Corbett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Corbett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Corbett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Corbett, who landed in Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. Corbett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Phoebe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th April 1843 [12]
  • Mr. Corbett, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in New Plymouth, North Island, New Zealand in 1855 [13]
  • Mrs. Corbett, British settler travelling from Gravesend with 4 children aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in New Plymouth, North Island, New Zealand in 1855 [13]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Corbett (post 1700) +

  • Alfred Hoyt Corbett (1915-2000), American attorney, businessman, and politician, Oregon State Senator (1957-1964), Member of the Oregon House of Representatives (1953-1956)
  • John Joseph Corbett Jr. (b. 1961), American actor and country music singer
  • Glenn Corbett (1933-1993), American actor, best known for his role on CBS's adventure drama Route 66 and for the one appearance as Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek (1967)
  • Ben Corbett (1892-1961), American film actor who appeared in 283 films between 1915 and 1956
  • Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett (1832-1894), American Union Army soldier who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth
  • Henry Winslow Corbett (1827-1903), American businessman and politician in the state of Oregon
  • Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett CBE (1930-2016), Scottish actor and comedian best known for his association with Ronnie Barker in the popular British television comedy sketch series The Two Ronnies
  • David Frank Corbett (1940-2020), English professional footballer from Marshfield, England who played 152 matches as a right winger
  • Mr. Anthony Sean Corbett C.B., M.B.E., British Air Vice Marshall for the Royal Air Force, was appointed Companion of the Order of Bath on 8th June 2018 [14]
  • Thomas Corbett (d. 1751), British Naval officer, Secretary of the Admiralty, of the family of Corbet of Moreton Corbet [15]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Leslie Rawson Corbett (1917-1942), English Sick Berth Attendant from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Irene Corbett (d. 1912), (née Colvin), aged 30, American Second Class passenger from Provo, Utah who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]


The Corbett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.


Suggested Readings for the name Corbett +

  • 1162 "The Corbett Family in England and America" by Henry R. Corbett, "The Descendants of Robert Corbett of Weymouth, Massachusetts" by Melvin C. Corbett.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 21)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HIBERNIA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hibernia.gif
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  10. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  11. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  15. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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